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COL7A1 Editing via RNA Trans-Splicing in RDEB-Derived Skin Equivalents.
Liemberger, B; Bischof, J; Ablinger, M; Hainzl, S; Murauer, EM; Lackner, N; Ebner, P; Kocher, T; Nyström, A; Wally, V; Mayr, E; Guttmann-Gruber, C; Hofbauer, JP; Bauer, JW; Koller, U;
Int J Mol Sci. 2023; 24(5):
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Ablinger Michael
Bauer Johann
Bischof Johannes
Ebner Patricia
Guttmann-Gruber Christina
Hainzl Stefan
Kocher Thomas
Koller Ulrich
Liemberger Bernadette
Mayr Elisabeth
Murauer Eva Maria
Pinon Hofbauer Josefina
Wally Verena


Mutations in the COL7A1 gene lead to malfunction, reduction or complete absence of type VII collagen (C7) in the skins basement membrane zone (BMZ), impairing skin integrity. In epidermolysis bullosa (EB), more than 800 mutations in COL7A1 have been reported, leading to the dystrophic form of EB (DEB), a severe and rare skin blistering disease associated with a high risk of developing an aggressive form of squamous cell carcinoma. Here, we leveraged a previously described 3-RTMS6m repair molecule to develop a non-viral, non-invasive and efficient RNA therapy to correct mutations within COL7A1 via spliceosome-mediated RNA trans-splicing (SMaRT). RTM-S6m, cloned into a non-viral minicircle-GFP vector, is capable of correcting all mutations occurring between exon 65 and exon 118 of COL7A1 via SMaRT. Transfection of the RTM into recessive dystrophic EB (RDEB) keratinocytes resulted in a trans-splicing efficiency of ~1.5% in keratinocytes and ~0.6% in fibroblasts, as confirmed on mRNA level via next-generation sequencing (NGS). Full-length C7 protein expression was primarily confirmed in vitro via immunofluorescence (IF) staining and Western blot analysis of transfected cells. Additionally, we complexed 3-RTMS6m with a DDC642 liposomal carrier to deliver the RTM topically onto RDEB skin equivalents and were subsequently able to detect an accumulation of restored C7 within the basement membrane zone (BMZ). In summary, we transiently corrected COL7A1 mutations in vitro in RDEB keratinocytes and skin equivalents derived from RDEB keratinocytes and fibroblasts using a non-viral 3-RTMS6m repair molecule.

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